Spike Lee Rumors
During a recent interview, Yahoo’s Jordan Zakarin asked Lee why he didn’t attend the Knicks’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks in London. His response was priceless. “We’ve lost 16 motherf—–g games in a row. 26 out of 27,” he said. “And I’m gonna get on a plane for that?! I can take a cab to see them lose!”
The biggest baller in the stands during NBA games isn’t Spike Lee or Jack Nicholson or even Justin Bieber — it’s Jimmy Goldstein … who spends more money on NBA tickets than anyone else on Earth. You’ve seen Goldstein on the court at various NBA games over the years — and this week he confirmed what ex-NBA Commish David Stern has said … that he’s the NBA’s biggest investor when it comes to tickets. As for how Goldstein made his fortune, that’s a bit of a mystery — but point is, the guy drops BANK when it comes to basketball.
Speaking of Jackson, the Knicks president took a playful shot at Lee on Sunday, saying he was an avid fan of the Knicks who knew nothing about basketball. Lee said on Monday that he wasn’t offended, but also indirectly defended his knowledge of the game. “Look I go way way back with Phil and all these guys, so it’s all love,” Spike said, adding: “Here’s the thing: if Phil thought I didn’t know anything about basketball, I wouldn’t be doing this film.”
Phil Jackson took a playful shot at Knicks super fan Spike Lee on Sunday. Lee is making a film for MSG Network about Jackson’s triangle offense. Jackson was asked about Lee during a talk at the New Yorker Festival in Manhattan on Sunday evening. “As most people know, Spike is an avid Knick fan that doesn’t know anything about basketball,” Jackson said, drawing laughs from the crowd. “He knows how someone makes a shake and bake move and might dazzle the fans and make a shot.”
On a recent afternoon in Greenburgh, Lee looked like he was running his own version of the motion offense as he and his film crew scurried between meeting rooms and the court at the Knicks’ facility. Before he began filming, Lee spent time poring over Bulls and Lakers game tapes with Jackson and his coaches, absorbing the nuances of the offense. There was also an on-court demonstration with some of the Knicks. Lee thinks he has a grip on it, but he’s not sure. “Everybody says a junior high-school team can run it,” Lee said. “Proponents of the triangle offense say it’s simple. If you’re not a proponent, you don’t know what’s happening.”
Enter Spike Lee, the filmmaker and unabashed Knicks fan, who is making an hour-long film in an effort to demystify Jackson’s offensive system. He is calling it “What Is the Triangle Offense: A Spike Lee Orange and Blue Skies Joint.” It is set to air Oct. 24 on MSG. “I’ve never done anything like this before,” Lee said. “This is trying to explain to the average fan the triangle system. It’s sort of like the mysterious mythology and Zen that Phil Jackson has used to win six times in Chicago and five times in L.A.”
New York Knicks home games are known for attracting celebrities from Spike Lee to Woody Allen to Paul Simon. But there may not be a stranger pairing of stars watching at Madison Square Garden than 50 Cent and Meryl Streep:
Spike Lee can now talk about his beloved New York Knicks, or any other basketball topic, all he wants. The director and passionate Knicks fan will host a show on NBA Radio beginning next week, discussing topics from around the league. “Spike Lee’s Best Seat in the House” debuts Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. EST on SiriusXM Channel 217 and will air every other week, featuring guests from both the sports and entertainment worlds.
Jesus Shuttlesworth returns to the court this week. Jesus Shuttlesworth may return to the big screen in the future. Miami Heat guard Ray Allen, who played the Shuttlesworth role in the 1998 movie “He Got Game,” says he and filmmaker Spike Lee have spent time over the last couple months discussing a sequel and are currently throwing ideas back and forth about the project. “Sequels to most movies are always fluff and not as good as the first,” Allen said Tuesday night before the Heat played the New Orleans Pelicans. “But it’s something we’ve been talking about for the last couple months. If we get a really good story line and are able to bring everybody back, then it would be something worth doing.”
Miami Heat guard Ray Allen, who played the Shuttlesworth role in the 1998 movie “He Got Game,” says he and filmmaker Spike Lee have spent time over the last couple months discussing a sequel and are currently throwing ideas back and forth about the project. “Sequels to most movies are always fluff and not as good as the first,” Allen said Tuesday night before the Heat played the New Orleans Pelicans. “But it’s something we’ve been talking about for the last couple months. If we get a really good story line and are able to bring everybody back, then it would be something worth doing.”
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Paul Pierce’s comments have the whole city talking. In case you missed it, Pierce, one of the Nets’ newest star imports, recently told ESPN New York 98.7 FM, “I think it’s time for the Nets to start running this city.” On Wednesday, die-hard Knicks fan Spike Lee fired back. “Other teams are making a lot of noise with their big, major announcements with every move, like the Nets,” Lee told ESPNNewYork.com during an event honoring Carmelo Anthony for his contributions to the New York City community. “The Knicks have been very quiet assembling their team, which I love. I love the fact that people are picking the Knicks fifth or lower in the East. It’s great; let people think that. Paul Pierce is talking crazy.”
In a discussion of HOT 97 Monday, Spike Lee reiterated his love for the Knicks, endorsed Woody Allen’s hoops expertise and spoke glowingly about the hiring policies at Barclays Center. Asked, “you being a Brooklynite, do you appreciate what the Barclays Center has done … ?” “Oh yeah,” he responded. “Everytime I go there, I see people who look like me who have a job. it’s great. “It’s great that people can walk to work. They … I have to give it up to Jay Z and Prokhorov [a name he badly mangles] and (Bruce) Ratner. They made a decision that they were going to hire people from the neighborhoods surrounding Barclays Center and further out, that ‘we should look like what Brooklyn looks like.’ And its a beautiful thing.”
Spike Lee is on the hunt for a heckling partner. The acclaimed filmmaker just launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdsource funding for his new film, which will be about human beings who are addicted to blood. One of the rewards available to people who donate to the campaign is an evening with Lee that includes dinner and a courtside ticket to a Knicks game next season. Cost? $10,000.
Miami Heat parties are so ballin’… even their most hated enemies will bow down for a chance to hang with the champs — just ask #1 Knicks fan Spike Lee! LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh hosted a sick bash at Club Bamboo on South Beach Friday night — with a ton of celeb guests. Drake and Timbaland were there — as well as actual Heat fan Flo Rida.
According to Freezy, San Antonio Spurs Head coach Gregg Popovich asked that his crew not be allowed back because they were getting too rowdy in support of the Heat. “They were just telling me we had too much energy and the head coach complained about it,” Freezy claimed. “Them cats want an easy win. They ain’t used to that Miami Heat support right next to them in their ears.” Freezy was also asked to leave the arena by the Indiana Pacers during the Eastern Conference Finals, but he said the Pacers were more disrespectful about it than the Spurs. “The Spurs are just scared,” he explained. “They’re scared of the energy. The Pacers were disrespectful. The Spurs don’t want that building to erupt around them. What I do to cheer for my team is no different than what Spike Lee does in New York or Jack Nicholson does in LA.”
Spike Lee reportedly offered $40,000 for four tickets next to the Indiana Pacers bench for Saturday night’s playoff game, but seat owner Stewart Reed turned down the noted New York Knicks fan. Reed, co-owner of Fuzzy Zoeller’s Vodka, mentioned the film director’s proposal while visiting Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where his business is primary sponsor on Ed Carpenter’s No. 20 car entered in the 97th Indy 500. Lee, wearing his Knicks’ John Starks jersey, ended up seated on the floor across the court from the end of the Knicks’ bench.
Scott Agness: I’ve confirmed that Spike Lee offered $40K for 4 courtside seats tonight next to Pacers’ bench. “He’s a Knicks fan, no way.” @pwilson24 1st.